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The Rotterdam Internet Exchange

Your key partner in tomorrows innovation!

R-iX is an independent Dutch Foundation and set up by the City of Rotterdam. The main objective is to stimulate and support ICT and Internet related activities in Rotterdam.

The R-iX offers peering and network services at three own locations in the city as well as at five different datacenters in the Rijnmond area. Its structure ensures quality of service and continuity. R-iX works closely together with the municipality, the knowledge institutions (Erasmus University, HRO, Albeda & Zadkine) and companies in the private sector.

For its startup activities the Erasmus Centre of Entrepreneurship (ECE) is one of the strategic partners of R-iX. The coming years the focus of R-iX will be in promoting innovations in the field of Big Data, High Performance Computing, The Internet of Things and Smart applications.

Supervisory Board

drs. Leo J.E. Smits (President)
dhr. John T. Knieriem
drs. Ton D. van der Pijl
Dhr. Floris de Nie


dhr. Bix G. H. Jacobse MBA
ir. Matthijs Jaspers

Technical Support

ing. Tom van der Werf
ing. Chris de Groot

Our Memberships

The City of Rotterdam

accelerating technology like no other!

Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and one of the most important economic centres of the country. The harbour of Rotterdam belongs to the largest in the world. Rotterdam is also a high-tech city and offers many benefits for Internet and ICT companies.

The Erasmus University (EUR), the Erasmus Medical Center (ErasmusMC), the Hogeschool Rotterdam (HO) and both Albeda and Zadkine College provide in a permanent pool of motivated, innovative and qualified people. The work ethic guarantee high productivity and excellent business results. The city and its environments also offers housing, recreation and cultural amenities. The quality of living is one of the highest in the world.

Please watch the film "Discover the City of Rotterdam" and realize the value of the City and what it can offer to your company.

Discover Rotterdam


The right support

R-iX offers a range of services:


ISP's, which include Access, Content, Hosting, Mobile and Application Service Providers, use the R-iX infrastructure primary for exchanging IP traffic on a settlement-free basis, called `peering'. In this way, ISP's can reduce their Internet connectivity costs. Through the R-iX route-servers, it’s possible to exchange traffic with peering-members of the AMS-IX, FR-IX, ND-IX and GN-IX.


Marketplace ports can be used to exchange various services on a secure way with other marketplace customers. With one marketplace port you can connect to multiple customers (with multiple VLANS). Services provided are I.E. internet connectivity, VoIP and backup services. With our EU-Open partnership it is also possible to connect to providers who are connected to marketplace ports on the or EFX, FR-IX, ND-IX or GN-IX.


R-iX offers connectivity between multiple datacenters in the Rijnmond area. You can use this service to connect equipment between multiple locations for I.E backup purposes or a twin datacenter concept.
R-iX offers two types of connectivity:


VLANS or layer 2 networks, can be used between two or more datacenters. It’s possible to use your own VLAN numbers on this connection (Q-in-Q tunnel).

2. WDM

WDM or private waves are always point-to-point. WDM offers guaranteed bandwidths and a low latency.  Please contact us to inform to the opportunities.

Hands on services

In close cooperation with Bytesnet Rotterdam R-iX offers the possibility to support customers with high quality services by highly educated technical engineers.

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Network topology

Connecting the dots

The R-iX network infrastructure operates on a number of high performance layer two switches from Cisco Systems. The switches are placed in multiple datacenters in Rijnmond. A private dark fiber ring running Gigabit ethernet connects these sites.  

R-iX also has various routers providing IPv4 and IPv6 connectivity for R-iX's own  systems and management of the switched network.
For peering, R-iX provides redundant route-servers to simplify the management of peering sessions. Through the route-servers, it’s possible to peer with providers on the EU-OPEN partnership exchanges and the AMS-IX.

The R-iX network provides the following media for customer connections:


R-iX has a high quality infrastructure and together with local partners it offers its customers the following facilities:

  • 2 Cisco 7600 switches (1000Base-TX / 1000Base-(SX/LX/T) / 10Gbase-ports)
  • IPv4 and IPv6 standard
  • BGP Route-servers including peering connectivity at the AMS-iX
  • Special air-conditioned computer rooms
  • 24-hour service and full security
  • Connectivity between datacenters in Rotterdam, Nikhef Amsterdam and EU-Open partners

Amsterdam connectivity

As an extra service to its customers, R-iX offers connectivity to Amsterdam. This facility is of interest to providers wishing to make peering arrangements with providers at AMS-IX in Amsterdam.


Empowering business

The Digital society offers unique opportunities for the new generation of entrepreneurs to develop new and innovative products and services. Recent years  R-iX supported many startups in the project Rotterdam Internet Valley. In this project R-iX offered innovative entrepreneurs the possibility to market their ideas quick and professionally.

In a new initiative Digistar a wide variety of extra services will be offered to start-ups as of January 2016. Potential partners of R-iX in this project are Erasmus University and Hogeschool Rotterdam as well as IBM, Ziggo Zakelijk, Bytesnet, Rabobank and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Our start-up partners

Special Projects

Ensuring tomorrows innovation, starts today!

In the project Digicity2020 R-iX will promote innovation as of July 2016 in the field of Big Data, High Performance Computing, The Internet of Things and Smart Applications.

R-iX promoted innovation by participating in demo projects with social relevance in relationship to sustainability, accessibility, logistics and security. Potential partners of R-iX in this project are Erasmus University, HRO, Eneco, TNO, IBM, Ziggo Zakelijk, Intermax and Bytesnet.

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What our specialists say

“Peer with us at 43339.”

Chris de Groot
Senior Technical Engineer

“IX's are the solution for powerful, reliable and cost-effective internet connections.”

Tom van der Werf
Senior Technical Engineer

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